Gottfried Fitzli was born September 19, 1868 at Frauenfeld in the Canton of Thurgau, and also attended school there until he entered apprenticeship in a bakery at Winterthur in the Canton of Zurich. After gaining additional experience in his chosen profession in the French speaking part of Switzerland, particularly in Geneva, he emigrated at the age of 19 to the United States going directly to Chicago, and secured a position in the bakery owned by Mr. Ramseier, at the corner of Wentworth Avenue and 29th Street, where he remained for five years. Since he acquired a good business know-how during this period, he felt a desire to become independent and established his own bakery on May 1, 1893. The bakery was located in a house at 2302 Wentworth Avenue, moving later to 2324 Wentworth. His business operated in the last named location for the last five years, has been improving from year to year under his management, and it enjoys now such a multitude of customers, that Mr. Fitzli can look toward a bright future without worries.
Mr. Fitzli is blessed with a great circle of friends and respect in general. He is a member of the Free Mason Waldeck Lodge No. 674, the Odd Fellows Lodge No. 398, has been a treasurer of the Swiss Club of Chicago for six years, member of the Friendship Lodge No. 46 of the Mutual Protection, and for ten years a member of the Bakers' Beneficial Association.
Mr. Fitzli was married February 14, 1891 to Miss Louise Fohn, a compatriot of his, and their marriage has been blessed with three children, namely Elsie 10, Clara 8, and Albert, 6 years old.
From Chicago und sein Deutschthum, 1901-02, pages 484-485.
-- Submitted on 9/26/06 by Ray Jacobsen